Roland Fudge, born in 1947, began composing seriously in his teens.
1965–68: Degree in Music at Birmingham University receiving tuition from composers John Joubert, Gordon Crosse and Sir Antony Lewis. 1968–74: He studied violin and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, during which time, under the coaching of his violin teacher Sidney Griller, he joined the Sartori String Quartet, who became the Quartet-in-Residence at Sussex University, followed by a similar post at Lancaster University. 1974–97: Leader of a chamber group in several concerts of new music organized by Antony Gilbert, Head of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, which included the 80th birthday concert for Elizabeth Lutyens, broadcast live on BBC Radio. Throughout this time he composed many small pieces for church and educational use. 1997–2005: Since then he has composed more or less continuously, producing many different kinds of music, for professional and amateur performers, ranging from large works for chorus and orchestra to violin duets. 2005–10: Having recently taken a full-time post teaching music in a girls’ boarding school (Casterton) he has been stimulated by the demands and restrictions of writing for young performers, learning how to avoid unnecessary complexities without diminishing the aesthetic quality.